$1,000,000 Samsung World Championship Field
Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course)
Par 72 - 6628 Yards
La Jolla, California
Sep 17 - Sep 20, 2009
Na Yeon Choi
Paula Creamer *
Sophie Gustafson
Juli Inkster
Eun-Hee Ji
Cristie Kerr
I.K. Kim
Song-Hee Kim
Brittany Lincicome
Catriona Matthew
Kristy McPherson
Ai Miyazato
Anna Nordqvist
Lorena Ochoa
Suzann Pettersen
Jiyai Shin
Angela Stanford
Yani Tseng
Karrie Webb
Lindsey Wright
* - Defending Champion
The LPGA heads to Torrey Pines this week for the 20-player, invitation-only Samsung World Championship. Paula Creamer will defend the title she won at Half Moon Bay last year. She closed with a three-under 69 to fend off Song-Hee Kim by a single stroke. Two shots back were Juli Inkster, Angela Stanford, Lorena Ochoa and Suzann Pettersen. Including Kim, all five of those players played their way into this year`s field as well. Inkster is the lone sponsor exemption into the field. Creamer`s win last year ended a run of six straight non-American winners. The last two world No. 1`s -- Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam -- had won the last four crowns and five of the previous six. Sophie Gustafson won in 2003, with Sorenstam winning the year prior and the two years following her fellow Swede`s title. Creamer, Gustafson, Ochoa, and three-time champion Inkster are all in the field, as are 2002 runner-up Cristie Kerr and two-time runner-up Karrie Webb. The field has combined to win 16 of the 20 official LPGA events so far in 2009. Pat Hurst, Ji Young Oh, Eunjung Yi and M.J. Hur are the only winners not to earn a spot in this week`s field. Torrey Pines will be the 15th different venue to host this prestigious event. Golf Channel will have two hours of coverage the first two days and NBC will air two hours of action on Saturday and Sunday. Next week is the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, where In-Kyung Kim is the defending champion.